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Hudson hires new Treasurer and Director of Finance

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Hudson Mayor Ed Prévost (left) welcomed Serge Raymond as Treasurer and Director of Finance at the August 3 council meeting.

Mayor Ed Prévost made the announcement of the hiring of Serge Raymond as Treasurer and Director of Finance during his opening remarks at the regular Town Council meeting held Monday, August 3. Interim Director General (DG) Duncan Campbell introduced Raymond, saying they’d met when Raymond was working for the Town of Kirkland. “Serge has been through a number of situations where he has had to turn organizations around,” said Campbell as he welcomed Raymond aboard. Raymond will officially take up his duties in Hudson Monday, August 31. Prévost said he and council hope to introduce a new DG at the September meeting.

President of the Artistes Hudson Artists Association Jane Wright took the mayor to task over the lack of advertising and support for the Exhibition Hudson’s Memoire A Voyage Through History. “It’s very appropriate that we celebrate our 150th Anniversary through art,” said Wright. “The problem is that the artists were promised publicity, advertising, brochures and the vernissage.” Wright emphasized that although the vernissage took place none of the publicity promised by the town happened. She pointed out that the 15 artists created their individual works depicting various aspects of Hudson history free of charge.

“How much money did the council commit to this project, Mr. Mayor?” Wright asked. “I don’t have the answer to that question,” responded Prévost nor was he able to answer her query as to who was responsible for organizing the publicity for the event. Campbell stepped into the breach by replying it would normally be the responsibility of Culture and Tourism. “I apologize that we have let you down,” said Campbell noting that the exhibition is on until the end of August. “I will make sure the town does its utmost to make sure its citizens are aware of the exhibition by putting ads in the papers and getting the word out,” stated Campbell.

Wright replied that it was too little, too late. “I came to this town because of the arts…this town is gifted with talent in all of the arts. In my opinion, this town is ripe for using the arts as an economic engine to solve some of its woes,” she said noting that the artists who devoted their talent, time and effort to the subject matter chosen for them merited more appreciation than they had received to date. “I hope the town will be more proactive for future events,” she added.

The issue of a town tree policy was raised by resident Elaine Ethier in light of the black walnut tree in the Hudson History Garden being referenced as the largest known example of its species in Quebec. “It is a nonexistent tree policy,” said Ethier noting that Hudson is four years behind all of the municipalities in the Muncipalité Régionale de Comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges. (MRC-VS).

Ethier was concerned about pest control in regard to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the various species of ash tree in the town. The Mayor responded that the town followed the tree policy put in place by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) and the MRC noting the town is purchasing some EAB traps. Campbell added that an inventory of the number trees in Hudson does not exist. “That’s the first step,” he said, “We have to get a scope of the size of the forest we have in this community.”

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